Kringle – Gift to Readers

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Kringle Chapter 10 Part 4
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Kringle Chapter 10 Part 3
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Kringle Chapter 10 Part 2
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Kringle Chapter 10 Part 1
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Kringle Chapter 9 Part 5
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Kringle Chapter 9 Part 4
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Kringle Chapter 9 Part 3
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Kringle Chapter 9 Part 2
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Kringle Chapter 9 Part 1
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Kringle Chapter 8 Part 3

Kringle Chapter 10 Part 4

Holly Kringle has a very full plate. She is Highest Mayor of Polartown and President of Kringle Enterprises–the company that puts the ‘Merry’ in Christmas and the ‘Happy’ in Holidays. She is also the mother of teenagers and wife to Kris Kringle–the World’s Biggest Kid. When the reindeer are poisoned three days before Eve Launch, Holly adds amateur detective to her resume. With just about everyone in Polartown under suspicion, she doesn’t have time to dwell on employee problems, personal family issues, her 50th birthday, or investigate her husband’s highly suspicious behavior. If Dancer dies, her soulmate Dasher won’t want to live without her. And like a pod of whales beaching on the shore, the remaining Famous Eight will surely follow.

Today’s chapter is the final free chapter available to my readers. I’ve been posting ten chapters from my novel, KRINGLE, to ease you into the holiday spirit. I hope you’ve been enjoying the story–enough to want to know what happens!

How will Kris Kringle get Christmas to the World when his reindeer are so sick, and his wife Holly is fed up with his mysterous behavior and seriously considering divorce?

To catch up on the story I’ve added the Links to the end of this post.

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Kris sat up. “Can’t imagine anyone I know capable of poisoning the reindeer, other than Jack Frost, or maybe Krampus.”

Erik slid into the booth, knocking Joost aside. “I felt that way once, but it’s my job to expose a man’s true nature. Not pretty. Not pretty at all.”

Kris steeled himself not to react. If anyone knew how not pretty a man’s nature could be…

“Krampus isn’t responsible,” Erik said. “He’s in Alpine Europe going through a devil of a divorce, pardon the pun. His wife says he’ll be burning in hell—Ha, Ha—before she’s finished.”

Kris wasn’t amused. “Did you interview Frost?” Erik nodded. “And?”

“I’m not ready to give a report. However, I’ve narrowed my focus to an insider instead of an outsider.”

Kris felt his sphincter shrink. You couldn’t get more inside than Santa Claus. “As in, one of my employees?” Erik’s expression revealed nothing. “I’m the boss.” Kris’s voice cracked. Suspicion touched the cop’s face. Erik once said the element of surprise ranked higher than ninety percent of his police training. Kris abruptly lurched forward, snarling, “I should know if it’s someone I employ.”

Erik met him nose-to-nose. “And you will. When. I’m. Ready. To. Give. My. Report.”

Joy brought Erik’s order. “Tomato soup. Pasty, hold the rutabaga.”

Kris gestured to his lunch. “Hey, Joy? Gimme a do-over, eh?” She saluted with her middle finger. Read More

Kringle Chapter 10 Part 3

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought why not ease you all into the spirit of the holiday with ten chapters from my novel, KRINGLE. Yes! Ten free chapters for you to enjoy running Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Hope you enjoy!

To catch up on the story I’ve added the Links to the end of this post.

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He was half-way across the Square when his feet stopped moving. The unnaturally bright E-light stabbed him blind. While waiting for his feet to start up again, he wondered why Santa didn’t wear sunglasses. Sounded like a kindergarten joke.

Q: Why does Santa want sunglasses for Christmas?

A: Because he’s guilty!

He admired the exquisite detail Lars Utgaard used on Candy’s sculpture to capture her perpetual dewy freshness: her pouty mouth, lush eyelashes; the tiny snot droplet trembling at the end of her nose. He told the person beside him, “I destroyed my sleigh and planted evidence to blame Brannoc. He’s going down.” His stomach flipped. He’d just confessed!

“What’re you mumbling about?” Swathed in dramatic black despite the unusual heat, Malkorka snarled, “Candy’s face is destroyed because of you. Her eyes are swollen. What did you say to make her cry?”

“I didn’t make her cry. Brannoc did.”

“Bunk! Brannoc is wonderful. I quit! I’m dedicating my life to the pageant.” With dramatic flourish, she jumped on her broom and flew away. Read More

Kringle Chapter 10 Part 2

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought why not ease you all into the spirit of the holiday with ten chapters from my novel, KRINGLE. Yes! Ten free chapters for you to enjoy running Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Hope you enjoy!

To catch up on the story I’ve added the Links to the end of this post.

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Once upon a time, Good battled Evil and won, because the Good Guys always won.

Kris Kringle now looked at the world through new eyes. Sometimes the Bad Guy wore a plush red hat with a white puff-ball dangling from the end.

With Joost in tow Kris stumbled through St. Nicholas Square, his palsied hands brushing cat hair from his parka. Unprepared for what to do with the cat after it accomplished his dirty work, he’d given chase, fearful Erik would find it and connect it, not Brannoc, to the sleigh’s destruction. He’d been forced to end his search when Mary-Jane Giften’s calls could no longer be denied. Not for the first time did he want to throttle Holly for assigning him to Sponsor Hell right on the cusp of Eve Delivery. There would be coal in Mrs. Claus’s stocking this year, that was certain.

He’d destroyed Santa’s sleigh.

He—Santa Claus—had destroyed his sleigh! Read More

Kringle Chapter 10 Part 1

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought why not ease you all into the spirit of the holiday with ten chapters from my novel, KRINGLE. Yes! Ten free chapters for you to enjoy running Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Hope you enjoy!

To catch up on the story I’ve added the Links to the end of this post.

 

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THE TITTLE-TATTLE

The truth behind the rumors

Kris Kringle Fights Father Nature for Possession of Santa Heir

 by Nattie Blather

’Tiz the season to be jolly, but is the Kringle family hiding a dark secret behind their smiling faces?

Cooper says he’s the heir to Nature, but after the Oahu incident it’s obvious he doesn’t have what it takes. The boy is his mother’s son, alright. From what I’ve seen of her at the beach, Holly can’t handle lava either.

Pretty and porky Miss Joyous Noël has announced her ‘engagement’ to gorgeous man-fairy, Brannoc. It ain’t gonna happen, honey. He’ll never marry a girl with cotton candy brains. I’ll also bet Santa will have him raking reindeer poo before he lets Brannoc anywhere near his daughter’s sacred boudoir.

Or is he too late? Is that why Candy was seen crying while Brannoc destroyed the East Wing’s holiday tree, decorated in the girl’s honor.

Or should I say, dishonor?

And what’s this? LaRoux Cooper is throwing herself a divorce party? I’ve noticed she’s been swept off her feet by Ice Man Utgaard. Could it be LaRoux has finally shaken the fluff from her brains?

Holly is in full support and was heard telling her father, “You’re an episodic nightmare. An infectious dirt-bag. If you go near my mother again, I will hunt you down and live in your soul until you weep for mercy.”

Brainy but not beautiful Cookie told me, “My grandfather has put my family through years of mental abuse. He’s no longer welcome in our home.”

Father Nature responded, “My grandchildren’s reaction comes from years of mindless anger from their mother. She never accepted her grandmother’s rejection, but she simply cannot grasp the simplest of Nature concepts.”

When pressed for details, Kingston said, “I’ve supported Holly with love, encouragement, and enormous amounts of money, but her jealousy and resentment has pushed her into madness. She’s behind my wife forging ahead with this divorce bull crap.”

Father Nature was also heard to mutter, “If I don’t get some real sugar soon, I’m gonna blast Grimm County off the face of the earth.”

Hopefully, with Santa’s decision to divorce her, Holly Kringle will be knocked off her pedestal and lift the Sugar Ban. Just because she’s a powder addict and fifteen pounds overweight is no reason to punish the rest of us.

Chapter 1-Part 1  Chapter 1-Part 2.  Chapter 1-Part 3.  Chapter 1-Part 4

Chapter 2-Part 1  Chapter 2-Part 2   Chapter 2-Part 3   Chapter 2-Part 4

Chapter 3-Part 1   Chapter 3-Part 2  Chapter 3-Part 3   Chapter 3-Part 4

Chapter 4-Part 1.   Chapter 4-Part 2  Chapter 4-Part 3  Chapter 4-Part 4

Chapter 5-Part 1   Chapter 5-Part 2   Chapter 5-Part 3  Chapter 5-Part 4

Chapter 6-Part 1  Chapter 6-Part 2   Chapter 6-Part 3   Chapter 6-Part 4

Chapter 7-Part 1  Chapter 7-Part 2   Chapter 7-Part 3   Chapter 7-Part 4

Chapter 8-Part 1  Chapter 8-Part 2  Chapter 8-Part 3    No Chapter 8-Part 4

Chapter 9-Part 1  Chapter 9-Part 2   Chapter 9-Part 3   Chapter 9-Part 4

Chapter 9-Part 5

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Holly Kringle has a very full plate. She is Highest Mayor of Polartown and President of Kringle Enterprises–the company that puts the ‘Merry’ in Christmas and the ‘Happy’ in Holidays. She is also the mother of teenagers and wife to Kris Kringle–the World’s Biggest Kid. When the reindeer are poisoned three days before Eve Launch, Holly adds amateur detective to her resume. With just about everyone in Polartown under suspicion, she doesn’t have time to dwell on employee problems, personal family issues, her 50th birthday, or investigate her husband’s highly suspicious behavior. If Dancer dies, her soulmate Dasher won’t want to live without her. And like a pod of whales beaching on the shore, the remaining Famous Eight will surely follow.

10 KRINGLE chapters will post Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Naturally there is my hope that you will be caught up in the story to want to buy the book, either paperback or ebook, and to make it so much more enticing to you, I’ve dropped the prices. Plus every penny of profit will benefit cats from a local colony. All of my fur babies, except for Herman, came from that colony. While I cannot afford to adopt another cat — when I took in Candy, Elly and Chevy over the past 12 months with Els and Chev being FIV+, that brought the Wonderpurr Gang up to 13 — I would never turn away a hungry animal who wanders into my yard, especially in winter.

Hope that sounds enticing to you Christmas novel readers. And if it does, I have created three ways for you to purchase KRINGLE, if you so desire.

KINDLE eBooks – If you enjoy ebooks, KRINGLE is available on Kindle for $3.99 with a generous royalty profit of $2.73 for the kitties.

Amazon.com – You can purchase the paperback for $7.95 where the royalty is .54 (grrr) and shipping is about $4.59.

CREATESPACE – I’ve set up a Createspace store specifically for KRINGLE readers. There the book is priced at $7.95 with a royalty of $2.13 and standard shipping is about $3.59.

I hope you enjoy the ten free chapters. And if you do, please tell your friends. Better yet…buy a book, either as a gift for yourself, or for someone on your gift list who enjoys campy, funny, holiday mysteries.

Love to you all!

Kim, Herman, Dori

and the Wonderpurr Gang

Kringle Chapter 9 Part 5

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought why not ease you all into the spirit of the holiday with ten chapters from my novel, KRINGLE. Yes! Ten free chapters for you to enjoy running Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Hope you enjoy!

To catch up on the story I’ve added the Links to the end of this post.

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Outside the Reindeer Complex Kris adjusted his knapsack and nodded to the police guarding against unauthorized personnel. They had not stopped Santa Claus and his monkey. Perhaps they should have. At Dancer’s suite a Do Not Disturb sign had been posted. She’d had a rough night. “It’s about to get rougher,” Joost predicted.

Kris stashed the knapsack in the pantry, then entered the kitchen where the tattersall windows showcased the Sulka Sika Mountains, and the pond with false rocks where he kept his candy-stash. “Any news?” he asked the technicians.

“Dr. Robinson is with Dr. Havelock. Thorne is out to lunch.”

Kris exchanged glances with Joost. “Grab lunch yourselves. I’ll be here awhile.” The techs looked uncertain, but Kris ‘Ho-Ho-Ho’d’ and the kids-at-heart left for lunch. He then returned for his knapsack, but found Yuley-the-goat chewing the straps. With him was Rudy, a white-winged Norwegian Landrace wearing a football helmet and shoulder pads.

“Coach,” the pig squealed. “Can I talk to you about Eve Delivery?”

“Not now, Rudy.” After prying Yuley from the bag, Kris hurried down the corridor with Joost clinging to his neck.

Rudy followed. “Doc Robinson said the reindeer are bad off.”

“They’ll heal in time.” Kris broke into a run. Yuley raced ahead.

“Suppose only two get better? There’s only so much time you can option before you’re sacked with a big loss. Game clock is running. Due to unsportsmanlike conduct, we’re in sudden death. Do we muff, Coach? Do we punt? Or do we take possession and free kick?” Read More

Kringle Chapter 9 Part 4

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought why not ease you all into the spirit of the holiday with ten chapters from my novel, KRINGLE. Yes! Ten free chapters for you to enjoy running Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Hope you enjoy!

To catch up on the story I’ve added the Links to the end of this post.

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From inside a janitor’s closet Kris listened at the door. He had lost Nattie Blather after she had chased him from the elevator, pelting him with questions designed to provoke a reaction:

“If the reindeer die, how will you deliver toys? Rumor has it Candy’s knocked up with Brannoc’s love child. Is it true you caught Holly in bed with Brannoc?”

Nattie didn’t care what kind of reaction she got so long as she could distort it into headlines. He understood her need to print titillation in each edition. All in good fun. Usually. Then he envisioned Brannoc alone with Candy.

“I-I can’t t-talk about it,” she had wept.

“Why? Why can’t you tell me?”

“B-because it’s too horrible.

He had to find Holly. She would know what to do. He opened the closet and ran into Nattie.

“I don’t appreciate your games when I’m on deadline, Kringle. Now, answer my questions or I’ll publish whatever makes good scandal.” Read More

Kringle Chapter 9 Part 3

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought why not ease you all into the spirit of the holiday with ten chapters from my novel, KRINGLE. Yes! Ten free chapters for you to enjoy running Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Hope you enjoy!

To catch up on the story I’ve added the Links to the end of this post.

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Now I understood. I was married to her brother’s drug dealer. We hugged with mutual apology. “I’m at my wit’s end, too.” I rubbed my throbbing temples. “Last night I cut Kris’s Eve route and called his relatives to help deliver toys. I made it clear, if he doesn’t change, I walk.”

“Divorce?” Val’s expression looked like she’d won the lottery.

My gaze dropped to a pink-foiled candy beside her foot. Mom had sat there yesterday. She’d dropped a Pitter Pat: a rich smooth chocolate with a blended raspberry and Belgium buttercream ganache. Oh. My. God.

“Why did you mention Cubes?” Val asked. After Petra gave her theory on how Cubes provoked the elves to attack, Val covered her face. “They were in pain. I wanted to help.”

It hit me. “Your snowflake cookies were…”

“Iced with Cubes. I didn’t know it would mess with them.”

“I think the Cubes had a psychoemotional effect on the elves,” Petra said, “which triggered a personality change. Like LSD. Hm. I wonder if they produce psychosis, and flashbacks?” Read More

Kringle Chapter 9 Part 2

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought why not ease you all into the spirit of the holiday with ten chapters from my novel, KRINGLE. Yes! Ten free chapters for you to enjoy running Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Hope you enjoy!

To catch up on the story I’ve added the Links to the end of this post.

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I was in the throes of a classic migraine with arcs of light shimmering in my right eye. I bit the head off a gingerbread man. “Then what did he say?”

Petra took my decapitated cookie. “Kris came to me as a worried father, not an employer bent on destroying a valued employee.” She chose her own cookie from the Official Taste Tester plate, white rimmed with black script.

Valda knocked it from her hand. “They’re drek. You’ll barf and ruin my reputation.” Today she wore red cashmere with the requisite plunging neckline. I wondered if her dates ever looked her direct in the eye.

“They’re fine,” Petra assured.

“Fine is mediocre. You think I’m a mediocre baker?”

“No. You’re an incredible baker.”

Petra’s reassurance didn’t appease the Queen of Baked Goods. Valda turned her hostility on me. “How long do you plan to do this to me? It’s impossible to find a decent sugar sub.”

The reindeer had been poisoned. I had been assaulted by sugar-crazed elves. I wanted it gone for good. “What problems are you having, besides taste?”

She consulted her notes. “Saccharin and cyclamate cause bladder cancer in lab rats, but… What if rats are genetically prone to cancer, and it isn’t the subs at all?” Read More

Kringle Chapter 9 Part 1

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought why not ease you all into the spirit of the holiday with ten chapters from my novel, KRINGLE. Yes! Ten free chapters for you to enjoy running Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Hope you enjoy!

To catch up on the story I’ve added the Links to the end of this post.

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Accompanied by Joost’s big beat style drumming, Kris careened off walls and people as he stormed the East Wing corridor. Whatever Valda put in the figgy pudding had opened his eyes to the world and its ugly deceptions. Holly’s cutesy pocket note was the final straw. He wanted his Smooch back and he would get it, or there would be heck to pay.

A squeal broke his manic rant. Realizing he’d knocked the Décor & More committee’s head designer off her ladder, he caught her with profuse apologies.

“What do you think of my tribute to Brazil’s rainforest?” Jessica gestured to the sixty-foot kapok trees, waterfall, exotic ferns and thousands of butterflies.

Kris looked into the leafy canopy. A dozen capuchin monkeys gazed back. “What’s with everyone wanting monkeys? They’re worse than cats.” Joost nodded from his shoulder. Kris noticed one monkey gnawed on a bright yellow frog. “You brought in frogs?”

Jessica opened a box of assorted colors. “Just a few. For drama.”

The frog-eating monkey fell dead at her feet. Jessica screamed. Kris confiscated the box. “Drama we don’t need.” His stomach gurgled. Tasting sour metal, he hoped the figgy pudding wasn’t life-threatening. He didn’t have time to be sick, much less dead. Read More

Kringle Chapter 8 Part 3

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought why not ease you all into the spirit of the holiday with ten chapters from my novel, KRINGLE. Yes! Ten free chapters for you to enjoy running Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Hope you enjoy!

To catch up on the story I’ve added the Links to the end of this post.

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“You’ve ruined PolarCap. You’ve killed Linders’ business.”

“If Santa didn’t marry you, you’d be nobody. You’d be a worker bee like us.”

“Even the Tattle wouldn’t hire you, you daughter of a troll.”

I had never been struck in my life, not even a childhood spanking. Humiliation warred with outrage. Had Polartown gone mad?

“Kringle Enterprises is doomed because of you.”

“Polartown is doomed.”

“Christmas is doomed.”

As someone screamed, Brannoc roared, “Have you lost your minds?” He knocked the elves aside, picked me up, and carried me to his office where I saw Dova in tears. It had been she who screamed. Read More

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